Touchstone Exploration Inc.

Touchstone Exploration Inc.

March 09, 2016 06:55 ET

Touchstone Replaces 219% of 2015 Production in Trinidad on Proved Plus Probable Reserve Basis

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 9, 2016) - Touchstone Exploration Inc. ("Touchstone" or the "Company") (TSX:TXP) announces the results of the independent December 31, 2015 reserve evaluation (the "Reserves Report") with respect to the Company's crude oil and natural gas reserves in Canada and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago ("Trinidad"). Amounts herein are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.

Touchstone's year-end reserves were evaluated by independent reserves evaluator GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. ("GLJ") in accordance with definitions, standards and procedures contained in the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook and National Instrument 51-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities ("NI 51-101"). Additional reserves information as required under NI 51-101 will be included in the Company's Annual Information Form which will be filed on SEDAR on or before March 30, 2016. The reserves estimates set forth below are based upon GLJ's Reserve Report dated March 8, 2016. All values in this press release are based on GLJ's forecast prices and estimates of future operating and capital costs as at December 31, 2015.

2015 Reserve Report Highlights

  • Total consolidated (Trinidad and Canada) proved plus probable reserves of 15,465 Mboe (gross) and 11,111 Mboe net after royalties (100% oil). Total proved reserves were 8,815 Mboe (gross) and 6,141 Mboe net after royalties (100% oil).
  • Total consolidated proved plus probable net present value of future net revenues before tax (10 percent discount rate) of $304.7 million ($141.9 million on a total proved basis).
  • Total consolidated proved plus probable net present value of future net revenues after tax (10 percent discount rate) of $124.8 million, which excluding net debt, equates to $1.50 per basic share ($67.4 million or $0.81 per basic share on a total proved basis).
  • Total consolidated proved plus probable future development costs ("FDC") of $70.7 million, a decrease of $39.5 million from the Company's 2014 reserve evaluation mainly as a result of Canadian asset dispositions in 2015.
  • Trinidad reserve life index of approximately 22.9 years for proved plus probable reserves.

At the effective date of the reserves evaluation, Touchstone has divested all non-core Canadian developed and undeveloped assets with associated reserves as reported in the December 31, 2014 reserves evaluation. As a result, total proved plus probable reserves decreased by 2,989 Mboe, total proved reserves decreased by 1,479 Mboe, total proved plus probable undiscounted FDC decreased $42.4 million and total proved undiscounted FDC decreased $24.8 million.

As of December 31, 2015, Touchstone had no proved or probable reserves associated with the Company's remaining Canadian assets which represent 31,611 acres of undeveloped land in Saskatchewan focusing mainly on the Viking formation. The reserves associated with the Company's Canadian assets are included for reference, but the majority of the discussion and analysis in this press release will be focused on the Company's core business in Trinidad and Tobago.

Summary of Trinidad Operations and Reserves

In 2015 the Company focused on operations directly related to maintaining production from our core assets in Trinidad with minimal exploration or development capital being spent. Operating in a challenging commodity price environment, Touchstone completed or recompleted a total of 28 wells with no drilling capital being deployed following the rig release of PS-583 on January 3, 2015. Notwithstanding the Company's minimal capital investment in 2015:

  • Annual 2015 Trinidad production was 573.2 Mbbls, an average of 1,570 barrels per day. Trinidad oil sales averaged 1,600 barrels per day during the 2015 fiscal year.
  • Total proved plus probable reserves in Trinidad increased by 679 Mbbls or 4.6% after production to 15,465 Mbbls (100% oil).
  • Replaced 219% of 2015 Trinidad production with 1,252 Mbbls of proved plus probable reserve additions.
  • Total Trinidad proved reserves represented 57% of total proved plus probable reserves.
  • Achieved estimated Trinidad total proved plus probable finding and development costs of $5.83 per barrel, including changes in FDC.

The following tables provides a summary of information based upon the Reserve Report:

December 31, 2015 Gross Reserves1
Light and Medium Oil (Mbbls) Heavy Oil (Mbbls) Total Oil Equivalent (Mboe)
Proved producing 4,188 702 4,890
Proved non-producing 413 90 503
Proved undeveloped 2,889 533 3,422
Total proved 7,490 1,325 8,815
Probable 5,705 946 6,650
Total proved plus probable 13,195 2,271 15,465
1Amounts may not add due to rounding.
Reserves Reconciliation1
Trinidad Canada
Proved (Mboe) Proved Plus Probable (Mboe) Proved (Mboe) Proved Plus Probable (Mboe)
December 31, 2014 8,962 14,786 1,536 3,046
Extensions and improved recovery 396 1,593 - -
Technical revisions 215 (104 ) - -
Dispositions - - (1,479 ) (2,989 )
Economic factors (184 ) (237 ) - -
Production (573 ) (573 ) (57 ) (57 )
December 31, 2015 8,815 15,465 - -
Reserves replacement ratio (%) 75 219 n/a n/a
1Amounts may not add due to rounding.
Net Present Values of Future Trinidad Net Revenue1,2
Net Present Values of Future Net Revenues Before Income Taxes Discounted at (% per year) ($000's)
0% 5% 10% 15% 20%
Proved producing 126,450 75,391 55,398 44,575 37,625
Proved non-producing 23,179 19,441 16,605 14,401 12,651
Proved undeveloped 131,341 93,334 69,909 54,104 42,880
Total proved 280,970 188,166 141,912 113,079 93,157
Probable 333,124 220,816 162,805 126,719 102,099
Total proved plus probable 614,094 408,982 304,717 239,798 195,256
Net Present Values of Future Net Revenues After Income Taxes Discounted at (% per year) ($000's)
0% 5% 10% 15% 20%
Proved producing 64,546 45,462 36,647 31,282 27,547
Proved non-producing 9,729 9,151 8,573 8,018 7,497
Proved undeveloped 44,101 30,514 22,203 16,645 12,738
Total proved 118,376 85,127 67,423 55,945 47,782
Probable 115,719 77,411 57,391 44,790 36,137
Total proved plus probable 234,095 162,538 124,814 100,735 83,919
1Amounts may not add due to rounding.
2Estimated values of future net revenue disclosed herein do not represent fair market values.

Forecasted Prices and Foreign Exchange

Year Brent Blend Crude Oil FOB North Sea (US$/bbl) C$/US$ Exchange rate
2016 45.00 0.73
2017 54.00 0.75
2018 61.00 0.78
2019 67.00 0.80
2020 73.00 0.83
2021 78.00 0.85
2022 83.00 0.85
2023 88.00 0.85
2024 91.39 0.85
2025 93.22 0.85
Thereafter % change per year 2.0% Nil

The Reserves Report was presented in Canadian dollars and translated from United States dollars ("US$") on an annual basis using the applicable exchange rates noted above.

Future Development Costs

Year Incurred For Proved Reserves ($000's) For Proved Plus Probable Reserves ($000's)
2016 5,975 6,825
2017 9,828 16,310
2018 18,472 27,695
2019 12,402 19,879
Thereafter - -
Total undiscounted 46,677 70,709
Total discounted at 10% per year 37,656 56,708

Estimated Trinidad Finding and Development Costs

Proved Proved Plus Probable
Unaudited capital expenditures ($000's)1
Unaudited exploration capital expenditures 938 938
Unaudited development capital expenditures 3,511 3,511
4,449 4,449
Change in future development costs ($000's)2 2,290 2,852
Total capital 6,739 7,301
Net reserve additions (Mbbls) 426 1,252
Estimated finding and development costs ($/Bbl) 15.81 5.83
1The Company's annual audit of its December 31, 2015 consolidated financial statements is not complete. Accordingly, unaudited capital expenditure amounts used in the calculation of finding and development costs are management's estimate and are subject to change.
2Calculation includes changes in future development capital.


Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: The disclosure in this press release summarizes certain information contained in the Reserves Report but represents only a portion of the disclosure required under NI 51-101. Full disclosure with respect to the Company's reserves as at December 31, 2015 will be contained in the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2015 which will be filed on SEDAR on or before March 30, 2016. All evaluations and reviews of future net revenues are stated prior to any provision for finance expenses or general and administrative costs and after the deduction of estimated future capital expenditures and estimated future well abandonment costs. It should not be assumed that the present worth of estimated future net revenues presented in the tables above represent the fair market value of the reserves. There is no assurance that the forecast prices and costs assumptions will be attained and variances could be material. The recovery and reserves estimates of crude oil provided herein are estimates only, and there is no guarantee that the estimated reserves will be recovered. Actual crude oil reserves may be greater than or less than the estimates provided herein.

Estimated Trinidad Finding and Development Costs: Trinidad based finding and development costs have been presented herein. The aggregate of the exploration and development costs incurred in the most recent financial year and the change during that year in estimated future development costs generally will not reflect total finding and development costs related to reserves additions for that year. The Company's annual audit of its December 31, 2015 consolidated financial statements is not complete. Accordingly, unaudited capital expenditure amounts used in the calculation of finding and development costs are management's estimate and are subject to change. Finding and development costs do not have a standardized meaning and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Company uses finding and development costs as a measure of the efficiency of its overall capital program. Management uses finding and development cost metrics for its own performance measurements and to provide shareholders with measures to compare the Company's operations over time. Readers are cautioned that the information provided by these metrics, or that can be derived from the metrics presented in this press release, should not be relied upon for investment or other purposes.

Forward-Looking Statements: Certain information provided in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Specifically, this press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the Company's drilling prospect inventory, projected capital expenditures, sufficiency of resources to fund operations and plans related to and the timing of certain projects. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Because forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. Certain of these risks are set out in more detail in the Company's Annual Information Form dated March 30, 2015 which has been filed on SEDAR and can be accessed at The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof; and except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company assumes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or otherwise, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Crude Oil Abbreviations

Bbls barrels of oil
Mbbls thousand barrels of oil
Bbls/d barrels of oil per day
Boe barrels of oil equivalent
Mboe thousand barrels of oil equivalent
Boe/d barrels of oil equivalent per day

About Touchstone

Touchstone Exploration Inc. is a Calgary based company engaged in the business of acquiring interests in petroleum and natural gas rights, and the exploration, development, production and sale of petroleum and natural gas. Touchstone is currently active in onshore properties located in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The Company's common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "TXP".

Contact Information

  • Mr. Paul Baay, President and Chief Executive Officer; or
    Mr. James Shipka, Chief Operating Officer;
    Telephone: 403.750.4487
    Fax: 403.266.5794